Central West Libraries offer Borrowable Save Power Kits

Orange Council

Keep track of your energy use and learn how to save money on your power bills with Central West Libraries.

Central West Libraries branches, including Orange City Library, are offering residents the opportunity to borrow a ‘Save Power Kit’, which provides tools and useful information to help households measure how they use power at home.

The project is supported by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s Sustainable Councils and Communities Program (SCC). Orange City Council is one of 37 councils across NSW who are members of the program, which focuses on improving energy efficiencies of councils and supporting community initiatives to cut energy bills.

SAVE POWER: Central West Libraries Manager Roslyn Cousins with one of the Save Power Kits, which can help residents track their energy usage.

Environmental Sustainability Community Committee Chair Cr David Mallard said many residents were looking for ways to reduce their energy use amid the rising cost of living.

“There are simple actions that households can take to save money, power and reduce their impacts on the environment,” Cr Mallard said.

The Save Power Kit can help identify the biggest users of electricity in your home and describes many easy, low-cost things we can do at home to use less power and save money on bills, without changing your lifestyle. Even when an appliance is on standby it can draw power, adding unnecessary costs to your power bills.

The Kits come with instructions, a Power-Mate power usage meter to test the power use of appliances on stand-by, thermometers to check for draughts and heating and cooling, a stopwatch to time showers and a light meter.

A resource pack is included and there is an action plan to allow each borrower to record results and plan improvements and savings.

Contact Orange City Library on 6393 8132 to book the Save Power Kit.

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